A sizzling slow-burn, friends-to-lovers contemporary romance
Her needs, his limits. White-hot chemistry and anguished desire. The promises, and costs, of a shared future.
Award-winning novelist Quinn Layborn lost her muse the day her husband died. Still mourning more than a year on, the last thing she wants is a second chance. At writing or romance.
Tonight, as dinner guests gossip in her breezy beach house—her agent’s well-meaning intervention—she arms herself with a full glass of red wine: Don’t come close.
Until a raw and undeniable craving shatters her isolation.
Cable network travel-show host Jonathan Jaines still struggles with the terrible mistake that ruined his marriage. Tonight, he watches Quinn move among the guests like a ghost. His heart aches for her. The vivacious woman he knew from the movie set a few years ago? Gone, replaced with a grieving widow.
When she stuns him with the words she whispers in his ear, he cannot—can not—say no.
One brazen move. Two simple rules. An erotic journey of discovery that will transform both their lives.
From an eastern Long Island hamlet to a posh Manhattan dungeon, Quinn and Jonathan push the boundaries: between pleasure and pain, control and surrender, trust and forgiveness. But as passion and the risk of heartbreak grow, as their pasts and potential future collide, just how far will they go?
Briskly paced, with equal parts emotion, kink, and heat, Silently is a story about devastating loss and the unexpected bonds that help us begin to heal.
Told in dual points of view, Silently contains a sexy beta hero and characters over 40. Mature themes, strong language, dungeon and super-steamy bedroom scenes.
Silently launches the Transformation Series. The books should be read in order.
Plot/Idea: This is a wonderful story with likable characters who are battling their own demons in isolation. The plot is plausible and the pacing is steady but brisk, which keeps the reader invested.
Prose: The author is a talented writer, able to engage the reader from the opening page and hold interest throughout. Dialogue, description, characterization, even sex scenes, are extremely well crafted.
Originality: This is a unique work with fascinating characters drawn together as they individually recover from profound loss.
Character Development/Execution: The author does a successful job with characterization. Quinn's pain feels especially authentic, as do her conflicting needs for isolation and human touch.
Date Submitted: August 30, 2022
"If you love a book with fire, this is the book for you. This is the new 50 Shades. It makes you hot from the very beginning and leaves you wanting more....It's about love and the heartbreak of losing someone. It's about finding a way to cope with grieve and learning to live again..." -NetGalley reviewer
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